This is the Lab’s flagship program for young civil society leaders to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and social impact in their societies. Selected ‘accountapreneurs’ undergo an accelerated one-year program with hands-on, comprehensive support for their ideas and initiatives. The Incubator provides mentorship, fundraising and management support, and access to a global network of leading institutions, foundations and donors. The overall objective of the Incubator is to support individuals to strengthen accountability and support better governance in their countries at a local and/or national level.
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR 2020. APPLICATIONS OPEN AGAIN IN LATE 2020 for 2021 ADMISSIONS.
Q1. What kind of ventures/ ideas get selected for Accountability Lab Incubator?
Accountability Lab supports individuals and ventures working on promoting accountability in their communities or sectors regardless of whether it’s a for-profit, non-profit, hybrid or undecided venture, as long as the core mission is to create measurable social change.
Q2. Does the Accountability Incubator focus on a particular sector or theme?
We don’t restrict applications to particular sectors but we do run annual themes per country. We support and help you grow as long as you are doing amazing work by incorporating an accountability mechanism within your model. Our themes for 2020 are as follows:
In Nepal – local governance, disaster response or management and gender rights;
In Pakistan – transparent and improved governance;
In Nigeria – extractives, education and health;
In Mali – stability and social cohesion;
In Liberia – SDG16 which relates to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.
Q3. Is this free? Does the AL Incubator take equity?
Accountability Lab does not charge or take any equity and it is absolutely free to join the program upon selection. Instead, we invest in our accountapreneurs by providing you with the time and space to be able to grow your ideas and ventures further. We do ask that participants remain committed to the program.
Q4. What is the timeline of the program?
The AL Incubator is a one-year accelerated program with hands-on comprehensive support. The process has three stages: applications, selections and then the 12-month incubation cycle.
Q5. Is the AL Incubator program different for each country?
The structure of the AL Incubator is the same globally but localized by the country teams according to their context and needs. Participants form part of a global network of change-makers.
Q6. What commitments are required upon selection in the program?
The AL Incubator program customizes its curriculum each year based on a needs assessment done at the beginning of each cohort. The selected members are required to be available for one quarterly training session, an additional team pitching event and one-on-one mentoring sessions. We recognize that young change-makers lead busy lives. We value their time and understand competing demands.
Q7. What type of topics and support are provided during the program?
Each year the curriculum is customized based on a needs assessment and feedback gathered from the accountapreneurs at the end of each training and mentoring session. The curriculum includes training on financial management, scaling and growth, proposal writing, marketing, and communications.
Q8. What support can I get after the year-long AL Incubator program is over?
The Accountability Lab network and alumni have always played the role of being door openers for each other and provide support to build the accountapreneurs. In addition to that, you also get access to mentors and other resources year-round through our AL network.
To be eligible for the Accountability Incubator, you must:
- Be the founder/CEO or primary decision-maker for the venture’s development and management;
- Have an original idea;
- Be in startup idea, MVP, or pilot phase;
- Be at least 21-years-old by the start of the program;
- Be a for-profit, hybrid, non-profit, or undecided venture, as long as the core mission is to create measurable social change;
- Demonstrate the Lab’s values;
- Submit the application by the specified deadline on October 20th, 2019;
- Reside in Nepal, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali or Liberia and be willing to travel to the national capital of the relevant country for trainings and events.
The idea proposed by the candidate should be:
- Context-Specific: Does the idea demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the community it will support?
- Feasible: How likely is it that the idea proposed will be achieved over time?
- Creative: Is the idea for accountability truly innovative?
- Sustainable: Does the candidate have a plan for how the project can continue over time? Is the idea designed to have a long-term impact?
- Scalable: Will the idea create a model for accountability that could be expanded to other communities?
*The applicant/project/idea must not be grounded in or focused on a specific political agenda or party.
Scroll down to meet the accountapreneurs and read about their inspiring initiatives.
Watch a video below of accountapreneur Tanzila Khan, a recent graduate of our Pakistan Accountability Incubator.